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Some worry renovation is not adding any room

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

Earlier this year a Parkite expressed the concern that with the $29 million renovation no square footage was being added to Park City High School.

"What really concerns me is that high school was built before Trailside Elementary School was built. This whole area is booming, Jeremy Ranch Elementary School and Trailside Elementary School are filling to the brim quickly, but from what I understand they are not gaining any square footage at the high school," Patti King-DeBaun told The Park Record in June.

According to Support Services Director Steve Oliver the old school was approximately 286,000 square feet. Upon completion the renovated school will be approximately 298,000 square feet which amounts to a five percent increase.

The capacity of the renovated high school was designed to accommodate 1,300 students, Oliver estimated it can hold up to 1,500.

Right now the enrollment is at about 1,000 students and is estimated to grow two to four percent each year.

"I think this high school will hold for 10 to 15 years easily," Oliver said.

Early on in the planning stages Oliver said the possibility of building a new, larger school closer to Kimball Junction was discussed but determined not to be cost effective.

Last June Superintendent Adamson said building something larger in place of Park City High School was not possible because of the size of the building site.

Oliver also mentioned the new design of the school allows for a more efficient flow of traffic, so the building will not seem as crowded as enrollment grows.

"The square footage there is so significantly more efficient than the old layout," he said.

Oliver did concede that at some point in the future Park City High School will exceed its capacity and as the area grows a new school will have to be built to compensate for that.


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